Swire to Provide Installation Vessel for Sandbank OWF Foundation Works

Swire Blue Ocean A/S has signed a key contract with engineering and services group Bilfinger for the provision of an installation vessel to support the installation of 72 foundations on the Sandbank Offshore Windpark. 

Seventy-two foundations will be installed in the seabed with Swire Blue Ocean’s installation vessel in waters that are up to 34 meters deep and 90 kilometers west of Island of Sylt in the German North Sea. Installation activity is scheduled to commence in 2015.

“Bilfinger is looking forward to install the foundations at Sandbank with Swire Blue Ocean’s offshore installation vessels. We have followed the company’s ambition and vessel building program closely in the past as well as their excellent performance on earlier offshore projects,” said Bilfinger Offshore Managing Director, Moritz Horn. “And for good reasons we are convinced to have contracted the most suitable installation vessels for the Sandbank project.” 

“Swire Blue Ocean is delighted to be working with Bilfinger on the upcoming Sandbank Offshore Windpark. This contract will add to the pipeline of new projects for Swire Blue Ocean’s two wind farm installation vessels, Pacific Osprey and Pacific Orca. This partnership is significant as it reflects that our continuous effort to deliver operational excellence through our assets and crews has been well-received by the industry,” said Swire Blue Ocean General Manager & Director, Lars Blicher.

Since their entry into service in 2013, Swire Blue Ocean’s two wind farm installation vessels have been deployed on several wind farm construction projects and oil & gas decommissioning projects. Projects in 2014 include the completion of the foundation installation campaign by Pacific Orca for Borkum Riffgrund 1 for Dong Energy and the installation of wind turbine generators on Dan Tysk Offshore Windfarm by Pacific Osprey for Vattenfall, amongst others. Both vessels have also recorded impressive installation cycle times during these respective campaigns.

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Press release, September 29, 2014; Image: Swire Blue Ocean

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